How to fix headshots with Photoshop generative fill

Generative AI tools caught the eye of the world in 2023. ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Microsoft Bing became available to everyone. Gen AI is now making its way into popular apps.

Adobe Photoshop has been the go-to software for image editing for over thirty years. Adobe now includes AI generative fill into their image editing software, enabling users to add or delete elements, extend the width or height of an image, remove backgrounds, and more.

Using Photoshop Generative AI to improve headshots on the ubiquitous “About Us” page

Headshot are typically cropped photos of the face, from the shoulders up. They are used for professional profile images on social media or the “about us” page of a website. A portrait often includes the entire body of the subject, not just the heads and shoulders.

An “About Us” page looks best when all of the headshots are taken by a photographer at the same time. A more common situation is different styles of headshots because new hires may have their own photos or they are retaken by a different photographer. Some photos may be cropped too close or the photo may cut off the subject’s shoulders and arms. This can be fixed by hiring a photographer to retake all employee photos so that the background, lighting, and poses are similar. Another way to fix this is with Generative AI in Photoshop.

Fixing headshots with Photoshop generative fill

The following video shows how I added this model’s shoulders and continued the red background on each side to make a horizontal photo. Photoshop provided three variations and I clicked through the options before selecting the one I preferred. The subject and background have a lot of detail that would have been very time consuming to create without generative fill.

Original photo credit: Prince Akachi on Unsplash.

The next video shows how I used generative fill to add more background on the sides and more of the front of the subject to the bottom of the photo. The Photoshop tools for generative fill and the dialog box when it is working are shown below the image as they were not picked up in the video. The first generative fill background was perfect and saved a lot of time.

Original photo credit: Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.

The last video shows how I used generative fill to add more background and the three variations provided. It does a good job of adding in the subject’s shoulder and arm where the original image was cropped. The background was very detailed and would have been difficult to create and look realistic without generative fill. The man’s shoulder and arm are also well done with generative fill.

Original photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator on Pexels.

This is just one of the many uses for Photoshop Generative AI! It saves a lot of time and makes detailed background fill possible.

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About Amy Kvistad

Amy has 20 years of experience as a graphic designer and 10 years of experience as a web designer and developer. She works with clients directly and also partners with small businesses.